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  • What is the WWF format?

    The WWF format is a file format that cannot be printed. It is technically very similar to the PDF format, with the key exception that in WWF documents the print option is completely blocked.

  • Why another new file format?

    The WWF format was developed to stop documents being printed out unnecessarily. It is intended to help create a new awareness about the use of paper, and will give each individual a way of actively contributing to reducing their environmental impact.

  • How do I open WWF documents?

    WWF documents can be opened with most programs that can open PDFs.

  • How do I create WWF documents?

    The WWF software will install a “SAVE AS WWF” option in the print menu. Just install the software, select this option and the document is saved in WWF format.

  • Can I send documents created in WWF format by e-mail?

    Yes. WWF documents can be e-mailed like any other.

  • Is there a limit to the number of pages that I can save in WWF format?

    No. You can save as many pages as you want as WWF, or convert as many as you want to WWF.

  • Can I save my existing Microsoft Office documents as WWF or convert them to the format?

    Yes. Any document can be easily converted to WWF. Just open the document then select the option “SAVE AS WWF” in the print menu.

  • Where can I download the WWF software?

    You can download the WWF software straight from this website, easily and at no charge. Simply click on the green button at the top right of this page.

  • Is the WWF software completely free of charge?

    Yes. The WWF software, and using the WWF format, are free for everyone. And the best thing is that using this format means that individuals, but especially organisations, will spend much less money on paper.

  • Why is WWF encouraging people to save paper by using the .wwf file format?

    Paper is too valuable to waste! Around the world we use 1 million tonnes of paper every day. Too much of this paper usage is wasteful and unnecessary and puts huge pressures on the environment.

    Paper usage in many parts of the word is on the rise. Expanding production and pulp wood harvesting threatens some of the last remaining natural forests and the people and wildlife that depend on them. The world´s paper hunger also significantly contributes to climate change. Easy actions can make a big difference for the environment.

  • What advice can WWF give to individuals and organisations who want to save paper, but still have to print occasionally?

    Use WWFs tips on paper efficiency to help save the earth, reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time.

    • Follow the golden rule: think before you print. Pushing the print button is too easy...and wasteful. So the next time you are about to press that button, ask yourself the golden rule of saving paper: Do I really need to print this?
    • Use both sides of the sheet of paper. This is a real easy way of reducing your paper consumption by 50%. Set your printer or copier’s defaults to double sided. Select one-sided printing only when really needed. Find out more
    • Avoid printing out single line e-mails or unnecessary copies of documents - again just follow the golden rule and ask yourself whether you really need to the print.
    • Use technology - as well as the .wwf file format, email, internet, intranets and document scanners can radically reduce paper use, while also saving you time and money. Remember electronic media also has environmental impacts, including the carbon footprint of equipment production and operation.  So switch to renewable green electricity.
    • Recycle the paper you have and ask for recycled paper products. Collect the paper you use and then reuse where possible (print again on the other side if you printed on one side only or use it for note paper). And when you do have to buy new paper make sure it is recycled.
    • Save paper in your workplace. Reductions of 20% or more are possible in most offices. So ask your office manager what they are doing to reduce paper. Remind them that saving paper isn’t just about protecting the environment; it can also save them a lot of money!

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WWF Support Team
Dederichs Reinecke & Partner